For the first time in 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II spent the first Christmas without her husband Prince Philip, who died last April.
The holiday season was a bit dreary for the monarch. And not being able to spend them with her entire family didn't help.
As coronavirus infections were on the rise in early December in the United Kingdom, the Queen reluctantly had to cancel the traditional festivities organized at her residence in Sandringham, in the county of Norfolk.
Usually, Christmas is the occasion for the members of the royal family of England to get together for a few days, to go to mass, to share the traditional meal as well as to play many board games in a festive and relaxed atmosphere.
The Queen is not the type to feel sorry for herself and has kept her head high, said the source close to the palace. During this festive period, all her family made sure she was doing well. Prince Charles even visited her on Christmas Day. The Earl of Wessex and his wife also visited the monarch.
But it is Prince William who gave her a nice surprise that day that she is not ready to forget. He has, indeed, organized a call in video conference the same morning.
This virtual celebration brightened up the Queen's day, commented this source, explaining that William and Kate's 3 children, George, Charlotte and Louis, spoke with their great-grandmother and showed her, crazy with joy, the toys they had received.